Weekly Environmental news update February 2020
Weekly E.C.O. roundup
Your weekly roundup of the top eco stories from the last 7 days
This week has seen Coronavirus be declared a global health emergency by the WHO, the UK leave the European Union, and Katie Hopkins get trolled into attending a fake awards ceremony in Prague. In environmental news…
Madagascar to plant 60 million trees
In celebration of it’s 60th year of independence Madagascar’s President Andry Rajoelina has promised to plant 60 million trees to help tackle the climate crisis.
Madagascar is known for its rich biodiversity, 90% of the country’s wildlife is indigenous to the island. Understandably the people of this beautiful country want to help protect their country and the ecosystem within it.
Under a new UK law exporting plastic waste to developing countries will be banned
For years the UK and other countries have been exporting plastic waste abroad, however that’s all about to change. The poorer countries accepting rubbish will be better protected once the law comes into force and will help against environmental pollution. Very often the plastic is dumped in landfill or finds its way into rivers and eventually oceans.
In the past few months these less financially well off countries have been sending rubbish back to the countries which they came from. Within the new bill there is also the possibility to create a levy on single-use plastics.
UK sued for approving Europe’s biggest gas power station
The UK government is being sued for approving a new gas fired power plant and in doing so overruling the climate emergency objections of its own planning authority.
The power plant was planned to be built in north Yorkshire by power giant Drax. It was to become Europe’s biggest gas power station and be responsible for producing up to 75% of the UK’s power emissions according to ClientEarth.
It’s the first big project to have been rejected as a result of the climate crisis, however ClientEarth now has permission by the high court to sue ministers which we can expect to hear about in the next two months.
The Guardian newspaper announce that they will no longer allow fossil fuel companies to advertise with them
The Guardian are the first newspaper to take a stand against fossil fuel companies who are the biggest industry contributing to the climate emergency. The Guardian are leading in this way and in the past year have been at the forefront of environmental awareness. Last year they published an article around the importance of the wording around the climate emergency and decided to formally put forward their internal publishing code in this area.
Over the next ten years BP are planning on spending $71 billion on digging up new oil and gas. An unbelievable amount of weight, and carbon emissions, rest on the shoulders of BP. You can sign Greenpeace’s petition calling on BP to tackle the climate emergency by switching to 100% renewable energy – or shut down.
Marks & Spencer launch vegan cruelty-free skincare range
Marks and Spencer have a brand new skincare line called Pure which is now available to buy in store and online. The range is made from at least 95% natural ingredients and consists of 18 products including eye creams, tonors, and face serums. The products are affordable with prices starting at £7 up to a maximum of £18.
The new launch was the result of increased consumer demand for retailers to produce more cruelty free and eco friendly products.